Mayor Greg Oravec visited Palm Pointe 3rd graders to discuss how the mayor’s role is important for our local government. The students really enjoyed asking lots of questions and interacting with Mayor Oravec.
Students in third through eighth grades at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently voted for their favorite Sunshine State Book. Students in Jade Joie’s fifth grade class are pictured as they go in to vote. Pictured are volunteers from the National Junior Honor Society, from left, Rebecca Mitchell, media specialist Elsie Garber, Estella Mejia and Coral Bailey.
Eighth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition pose for a photo during Kindness Week after placing first and second place in the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest in their division. Manisha Hussman, left, won first place and Jonathan Auguste won second place. They wrote their speeches about “Universal Brotherhood” and presented them recently at Ft. Pierce Central with other schools from the district. Awesome job Rockets!
The pre-algebra students in Michelle May’s classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently wrapped up their unit on linear functions, utilizing slope intercept form of an equation, finding constant rate of change and discovering how that relates to slope intercept form of an equation. They took to the outdoors for their unit review. The students were partnered and worked together to do each problem on the unit review on the sidewalks in the school with chalk to demonstrate their understanding… They loved the change of environment and really worked hard together! Pictured are Ashley Petrow, left, and Gina Carvelli as they work together on their problems.
Over 600 Rockets in grades 1-8 took part in a “Reading is Fun!” Carnival on August 31st. During the carnival students played games, danced, and enjoyed a tasty treat. Students qualified for the carnival by completing the Summer Reading Challenge. Many thanks to all of our volunteers, teachers, and staff members for making the event a success. Fun was had by all!
Palm Pointe Educational Research School held a reward Carnival for students who participated in the Summer Reading Program. In order for students to attend, they had to read a minimum of two chapter books, one of them being a Sunshine State Reader book. Additionally, students had to create thinking maps that demonstrated they comprehended what they read. At the carnival, students participated in activities including ski ball, bowling, basketball, dancing, and a variety of other carnival games. Students also enjoyed snacks and prizes as they participated in the activities. The carnival was filled with smiles, as students celebrated their reading success. Way to go Reading Rockets!
The Palm Pointe symphonic band recently travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in a private clinic at Georgia State University held by the university’s band director. While they were there they were able to tour the CNN television studios and view a live taping. Some of their other activities included visiting the Coca Cola corporation museum as well as visiting the world’s largest aquarium. Students gained memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. Pictured are members of the band in the CNN studio.
The Make a Teacher a Classroom Hero program sponsored by “Little Debbie” was held during the month of August 2012. The area distributor who had the top sales total for the month would choose their favorite K-12 teacher to be a Classroom Hero and award that teacher with a $300.00 Visa gift card to use for their classroom supplies. Andy McNally, a local “Little Debbie” snack distributor, won the contest and picked Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition because the school is in the area that he delivers to. He contacted the school and wanted to pick a teacher that deserved the award. Principal Debra Snyder, knowing that all teachers at the school were deserving of the award, decided to put every teacher’s name in for a drawing on the daily morning announcements. Stephen LePore, a middle school autistic student was chosen to draw the teacher’s name. He selected second grade teacher, Michelle Farley. The class and the teacher were all overwhelmed with the gifts that were presented to her and the class. They received a whole box of snacks, a big stuffed deer to read with in the class and the teacher received a hat and the $300.00 gift card. It was a very exciting day for everyone. Palm Pointe would like to thank “Little Debbie” and of course Mr. McNally for their generosity and for choosing our school! Pictured, from left, Mr. McNally presents the prizes to Ms. Farley.
Fifth grade teacher Michelle Powers and fourth grade teacher Jade Joie from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were recently awarded a grant to fund a mathematics program. Explore Learning Reflex is an award –winning game-based system that enables students of all abilities to develop instant, effortless recall of math facts in all four operations. Reflex’s highly adaptive technology provides each student with an optimized path from the initial acquisition of new facts through to full automaticity. Pictured are Ms. Joie, left, and Ms. Powers.
The Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition team recently won the St. Lucie County Middle School volleyball tournament held at Ft. Pierce Central High School. The girls from the “B” division defeated the Southern Oaks Middle School team in the championship Match. The championship match was the best of three, with the Southern Oaks team winning the first game, and Palm Pointe winning the other two matches. The girls really showed heart, determination and dedication, coming from behind to win the championship. These girls spent many hours practicing before school, getting ready for the tournament — and it really paid off. Pictured, from left back row, Coach Stephanie Remson, Amanda Bouquet, Karen Extra, Yasmine Brutus, and Coach Robert Santoro. Front row, from left, is Erin Ageeb, Amanda Sleight, Carly Ceglio, Emilyn Stafford and Haley Chimelis.
A team of students from Hillary Cruz’s seventh grade civics class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School in Tradition recently won first place for the regional division of the Florida Stock Market Challenge. This is a web-based educational tool used by thousands of students around the state each semester to help teach economics, finance, current events, math, social studies and technology. The winners will receive a $100 check for the school, a $50 gift certificate for Papa John’s Pizza, and first place certificates. Pictured, from left, are team members Angelo Arvelo, Lewis Coriolan, and Edwin Bustamante.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition Dean Christopher Pierre passes out snacks to the bus drivers that service the school during FCAT week. These drivers do a great job of getting students to school safe and on time everyday and especially during testing. Thank you to all drivers.
Townes Pagano in Laurie Boyer’s third grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition created an awesome bottle biography of President Grover Cleveland. Students were asked to create these bottles as part of their President’s Project in honor of President’s Day.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s Volleyball Team “B” recently played in a District tournament, and we are so proud to announce that they took second place. These girls worked very hard to get ready for the tournament under the direction of their coaches, Felicia Smith and Stephanie Remsen. Pictured from the left in the back row: Coach Felicia Smith, Jordyn Behringer, Mariana Trujillo, Aashana Francis, Principal Debra Snyder, Kiana Mehu, Deztyni Joseph and Coach Stephanie Remsen. Front row from the left: Logan Poschman, Emma Allen, Shannon MacGregor, Miranda Lee, and Ariel Rubel.
Congratulations to the team!
Assistant Principal, Deborah Iseman accepted the 2012-2013 PBIS Model School Bronze Award at the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014. A PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Model School is characterized by their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve students and staff, utilizing creative and engaging reward systems, teaching PBIS to new students, extending PBIS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBIS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. Mrs. Iseman is pictured with Board Chairman Debbie Hawley and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Karol Carvelli, Volunteer Coordinator for Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, recently welcomed the volunteers/business partners at an orientation. A fabulous breakfast was provided by PNC and Tropical Smoothie, and was served to approximately 45 volunteers that joined the Palm Pointe team. They signed up for committees and were informed of volunteeer procedures. These volunteers support the school in numerous ways and have volunteered as many as 50,000 hours in one school year and are very much appreciated at Palm Pointe.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition is so honored to win first place for the Martin Luther King Jr. “Week of Kindness”. The school did several activities during that week. Students in all grade levels K-8 decorated their doors with the Kindness theme. A school wide Diversity of Kindness wall was created by students who submitted kindness drawings and sayings. Teachers were given Kindness Coins to pass out to students and teachers for random acts of kindness throughout the week. To end the week students and staff dressed in one of the Kindness Colors for our Diversity of Kindness Day! The Week of Kindness was sponsored by the Treasure Coast Charmettes and the participants were from schools, churches and other organizations. The winners were chosen based on the quality of acts of kindness demonstrated during that week as well as how many people were impacted by the acts of kindness. Ms. Luvenia Morgan, Assistant Principal of St Lucie West K-8 came to Palm Pointe and presented the first place trophy to Palm Pointe Principal, Ms. Debra Snyder and Chairperson of the MLK Committee, Mrs. Debborah Estrada. Pictured from left is; Debborah Estrada, Debra Snyder and Luvenia Morgan.
7th grade Civics students at Palm Pointe won 2nd place in the state in the 3rd annual FLREA mock trial competition. Students were given a case and had to write opening and closing statements, question and cross-examine witnesses, and then videotape their presentation of the case for submission. The students would like to thank Mrs. Oliveira (Centennial H.S. Law Academy) and Judge Narline Smartt (St. Lucie County Court) for their invaluable guidance and assistance.
Students in Hillary Cruz’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently won the first place award at the St. Lucie County School District’s Project Citizen Showcase! Project Citizen is a seventh grade county-wide competition in which students identify a problem within the community, brainstorm and research possible solutions, create a public policy to solve the problem, and develop a plan of action for implementation. Students selected the problem of puppy mills, or breeders who neglect and abuse mothers and puppies for the sake of profit, and the lack of legislation at the state level. Florida is one of few states in our country that does not have a law to regulate commercial breeders, instead relying on the federal Animal Welfare Act, enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which only applies to two kennels within the state. Throughout their research, students met and discussed federal legislation and enforcement with Dr. Gaj (manager of the southeastern region of the USDA) and received letters of support for their proposed bill from both Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. Students will now continue to the next level in the competition, in which their portfolio will be displayed in the rotunda of the Capitol building in Tallahassee this spring. Another round of judging will occur, in which ten of the top projects from across the state will be selected to move on to the state level of competition, taking place in Orlando this May. Pictured, from left, are front row, Chris Skubish, Christina Wagner, Mia Kirchner, and Tyler Edwards. Back row, from left, are Sarahi Fraga, Julia Pacek, Annalisa Albert and teacher Hillary Cruz.